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What is Acarbose used for?

Acarbose is an antidiabetic medication used to treat type 2 diabetes. By controlling high blood sugar, it helps prevent heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, strokes, and circulation problems. This medicine may be combined with insulin or other oral diabetes medications. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Acarbose?

Like other medicines, Acarbose can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Acarbose are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Acarbose cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Acarbose develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Acarbose can cause side effects such as mild stomach pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, itching, nausea, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Acarbose.

What is the recommended dosage of Acarbose?

The dosage of Acarbose prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Acarbose with the first bite of a main meal.

What if you miss a dose of Acarbose?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Acarbose medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Acarbose?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Acarbose, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Acarbose?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Acarbose.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Acarbose, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Acarbose can interact with diuretics, seizure medications, and steroids.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Acarbose?

Is it possible for me to take Acarbose with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Acarbose?
What are the possible drug interactions of Acarbose?
How will Acarbose work in my body?
How should Acarbose be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Acarbose drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Acarbose is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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